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I have asked God to give me the Holy Spirit, but how can I be sure He has? Maybe I don't understand why God promised to give the Holy Spirit to us.


One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that when we come to Christ and commit our lives to Him, He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit. In fact, the Bible warns, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9). If you know Jesus, the Holy Spirit already lives within you — whether you feel His presence or not.

Why has He been given? The Bible gives several reasons — but behind them all is our need for God’s help. The Holy Spirit, the Bible says, “helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26). He convicts us of sin, He opens our eyes to God’s truth, He grants us spiritual gifts, He counsels and guides us — all these and more would be impossible without His help.

Never forget that the Holy Spirit isn’t an impersonal force or power (like electricity or gravity); He is God. Think of it: God Himself now dwells within you if you know Christ! Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17). Because He lives within us, we can ask God to help us in our times of need, and to give us the courage and strength to live as we should.

Don’t try to live the Christian life in your own strength; if you do, you will only fail. Instead, trust the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom and strength you need.

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  1. Tanya says:

    I know I am saved. I was baptized last year and ever since then I felt a change in me. Yes I am not perfect and I repent and ask for forgiveness DAILY. I know we are living in the last days and even though I am saved I still fear I won’t be… is that normal? Am I worrying too much that Jesus can come any day now and I will be left behind? This is getting at me too much. I need some comfort. I find myself praying or at least talking to God asking Him to give me comfort but I am still afraid in a way. Is this normal?

    1. Tiffany Jothen says:

      Tanya, sometimes people wonder if they’re really saved because salvation is a gift. We often want to DO something to earn our salvation, but that’s impossible. There’s nothing we can do to be good enough; salvation is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Here’s an article on salvation that might help, particularly the part on assurance of salvation:

      – BGEA staff

  2. Gabriel says:

    I’m worried about blasphemy of the holy spirit. I used to curse at God and turn to Satan instead, but ever since then I’ve been asking forgiveness. I know in my heart I want nothing with Satan, has the holy spirit abandoned me?

    1. Tiffany Jothen says:

      Gabriel, if you have genuinely asked for forgiveness and given your life to Christ, the Holy Spirit has not left you. Here’s more on this topic if you’re interested:

      – BGEA staff


    I have come a long way. I have clawed my way up out of a deep unfair pit and I am Joseph. I know exactly how he felt. I am now in the Judges house. Pray for me to know what to say to get the HELP I MUST HAVE.